Published On 11/21/2016

To mark European Waste Reduction Week, Pernod Ricard confirms its commitment to the UN’s Goal n° 12 regarding Sustainable Development: “Responsible Consumption and Production”

Press release - Paris, 21 november 2016

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An ambition: to approach 100% recyclable packaging by 2020

Pernod Ricard’s Environmental Policy covers all the Group’s activities and value chain, from supply and production through to the end of life of the product. The Environmental Roadmap 2020, initiated in 2010 and its second phase which was presented at the Shareholders’ Meeting of 17 November 2016, details the Group’s priority areas and target figures in terms of the environment. It is based on 5 priorities: reduction of our COemissions and of our water consumption, certification of our vineyards and of all our production sites and the management of resources, which includes the management of waste.

To reduce its environmental footprint, the Group implements the principles of eco-design adopted in 2006, namely:

  • assessment of the environmental footprint of products,
  • choice of sustainable and recyclable packaging materials,
  • optimisation of amount of material used (glass, cardboard, plastic),
  • participation in collection systems for used packaging to support recycling.

Approach 100% recyclable packaging by 2020
Pernod Ricard aims to identify all non-recyclable packaging still in use, and to work on alternative solutions in order to approach the goal of 100% recyclable consumer packaging in 2020.

Participation in packaging collection to support recycling
Collected and recycled since the 1970s, the recycle of this material tends to plateau.

- In Europe, 73% of the glass collected is recycled*, to note that glass can be fully recycled several times without any loss in quality. Pernod Ricard actively supports collection and recycling schemes for different materials including glass, in France and in Europe, thanks to its contribution made tangible by the famous green dot symbol. This initiative helps to increase the availability of waste glass in Europe to feed the glass furnaces.

- In the United States, only 34% of glass is recycled. Pernod Ricard USA has just become a member of the Glass Recycling Coalition (, an American organisation bringing together those involved in the chain – the glass producers, bottlers, providers of recycling services and manufacturers from the agri-food industry, in order to promote effective and financially viable recycling channels, to encourage the adoption of new sorting habits and thereby to actively help to reduce waste.

* Source – European Federation for Glass Packaging – 2013

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About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €9,182 million in FY19. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s three-year strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. As illustrated by the 2030 roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “We bring good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and is ranked No. 1 in the beverage sector in Vigeo Eiris. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company.
Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN Code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

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